Laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the Reference abdominal organs Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window or the Reference female pelvic organs Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window. Laparoscopy is used to find problems such as Reference cysts Opens New Window, Reference adhesions Opens New Window, Reference fibroids Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window, and infection. Tissue samples can be taken for Reference biopsy Opens New Window through the tube (laparoscope).
In many cases laparoscopy can be done instead of laparotomy surgery that uses a larger incision in the belly. Laparoscopy can be less stressful and may have less problems and lower costs than laparotomy for minor surgeries. It can often be done without needing to stay overnight in the hospital.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology